Friday, February 9, 2024



Award Honors Outstanding Innovations in VR, AR, Experiential, and Other Interactive or Immersive Media

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced nominees for The PGA Innovation Award ahead of the 35th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The PGA Innovation Award recognizes the production of a noteworthy, impactful emerging media program that significantly elevates the audience’s viewing experience.

2024 PGA Innovation Award Nominees: 

·         The World’s Largest Tailgate (Kansas City Chiefs)

·         Reimagined (Very Cavaliere Productions) 

·         Out of Scale (A Kurzgesagt Adventure) 

·         Wallace & Gromit in The Grand Getaway (Aardman) 

·         Body of Mine (Kost) 

·         Our Ocean Our Future (Hidden Worlds Entertainment) 

·         JFK Memento (TARGO) 

·         Letters from Drancy (East City Films) 

·         The EYE AND I (EDDA) 

·         Ocean of Light- Dolphins VR (Meta Quest) 

·         Space Explorers: Blue Marble Trilogy (Felix & Paul Studios) 

·         MLK: Now is the Time (TIME Studios) 

The recipient of the 2024 PGA Innovation Award, as well as the PGA Award-winner of the Short Form category, will be announced during the Nominee Celebration Event on the evening of February 22nd in Los Angeles, and highlighted at the PGA Awards ceremony on the evening of Sunday, February 25, 2024, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom.  

The PGA Innovation Award is juried and not voted on by the membership of the Producers Guild. This year’s jury was chaired by Joanna Popper, Eric W. Shamlin, and Chris Thomes. The complete blue ribbon jury included: 

  • Myriam Achard, Chief New Media Partnerships & PR, PHI
  • Jake Aust, Chief Innovation Officer, AGBO, Executive Producer, The Gray ManThe Electric State
  • Dana Belcastro, Production Executive, Feature Films, AppleTV+, Former EVP, 20th Century Fox, Alcon Entertainment, Evergreen Films, New Line Cinema, Co-producer, Blade Runner 2049BurlesqueWalking with Dinosaurs
  • Eddie Chu, Innovation Lead, Product & Design, Apple, Emmy-winning multimedia artist, designer, and programmer, WestworldGame of Thrones
  • J. Miles Dale,  Film/TV/Immersive Entertainment Producer, Demilo Films, The Shape of Water, Immersive Disney Animation Experience
  • Malika Lim Eubank, CEO, Hyper Rabbit Media, Executive Producer, AMC Networks FearHQ Film Series Kollok
  • Blake Kammerdiener, Senior Manager, Film & TV, XR Programming, SXSW
  • Lady Pheønix, Founder, Universe Contemporary, Creator/Director/Executive Producer, Breonna’s Garden
  • Joanna Popper , Senior Media & Technology Executive , Prior roles at HP, NBCUniversal, and former Chief Metaverse Officer at CAA , Finding Pandora XBreonna’s GardenFight Back 
  • Mária Rakušanová, Director, Content Acquisitions and Partnerships, HTC VIVE, Curator, Raindance Immersive Festival
  • Liz Rosenthal, Curator, Venice Immersive, Venice International Film Festival , Executive Producer & Founder, Power to the Pixel, Executive Producer, Goliath: Playing With RealitySoulpaint
  • Eric W. Shamlin, EVP, Emerging Tech, Media.Monks, Down to EarthThe Great C
  • Chris Thomes, Chief Content & Creative Marketing Officer, EYEDentity, Former VP of Creative Services & Strategy, Disney Television Studios

Programs released between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023 were eligible for consideration. The PGA Innovation Award is presented to the production as a whole, not to individual producers. As such, the producers are not required to go through the PGA Awards eligibility determination process.  There have been three productions awarded since the award’s  inception, including:  “Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode 1” (2019);  “For All Mankind: Time Capsule”  (2022); and “Stay Alive, My Son” (2023).


The Producers Guild of America represents over 8,500 producers. It is a non-profit trade organization that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and emerging media.

The Guild invests in its core values that benefit the industry at large. These values are rooted in facilitating employment of its members, advocating for sustainable practices in production that minimize human and environmental harm, ensuring a set culture that advances safety and creates viable pathways into the guild for the next generation of producers, particularly those from populations underrepresented in the industry. Year-round it hosts a number of educational, mentoring and professional networking programs, as well as industry events that honor excellence in producing.


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